Best office chair 2021: work from home in style and comfort

Our pick of the best office chairs has it all, from supportive ergonomic designs to pretty (but still practical) designs...

Best office chair
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So you have found yourself here, searching for the best office chair. It's finally time to accept you can't work from your soft office (your sofa or bed) and time to in best in an actual chair for your home office – whatever that might look like.

You would think it a simple task, but as you have probably already experienced type in 'best office chair' to Google you will realise how much choice there is out there. From ergonomic desk chairs for back pain to super stylish designs that would work in a living room set up. Let's just say the choice can be a little overwhelming. But fear not because we have covered all those options in our pick of the best UK office chairs below. 

If you are after the best desks to go with your lovely new office chair, make sure you check out our buying guide. Oh, and don't miss our home office ideas gallery too. 

The best desk chairs 

Argos desk chair

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1. Argos Brixham faux leather office chair

This is the best budget office chair (look pretty swish too)

Specifications
Best for: Small spaces
Dimensions: H42-52 x W59 x D45cm
Adjustable: Yes
Material: Faux leather
Colour: Black or grey
Reasons to buy
+Budget friendly +Suitable for small spaces 
Reasons to avoid
-Self-assembly 

If you want the best office chair for support and pricing, and don't have loads of room for a really bulky model, this Argos Brixham desk chair could be the answer...

Budget-friendly 
We can't not talk about the amazing price. This Argos desk chair is just £50, making it the best budget office chair out there. Not only do we think it looks like it costs more than that – the design is sleek and simple and the faux leather doesn't look cheap and shiny at all – but it's really supportive and provides a comfortable perch for hours, too.

Compact design 
If you have a small home office but are after a desk chair that provides plenty of support, finding one that doesn't take up loads of room with bulky arms and a huge backrest can be tricky. With this model you get both: it's small and supportive. 

Adjustable and comfortable
The seat height is easy to change, swivels like a dream, but something you don't often get with cheaper desk chairs is an adjustable backrest. The backrest on the Brixham can either be set to tilt with you as you move throughout the day, or you can lock into a place that suits your seating position best. We approve.

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2. Anda Seat T-Pro 2

The best office chair for back support

Specifications
Best for: Back support
Dimensions: 58 x 46 x 86cm
Adjustable: Yes
Material: Linen
Colour: Black, grey, blue
Reasons to buy
+Looks lovely, but with all the support of a gaming chair+The backrest and headrest are supportive+Seat is plush and easy to sit in for long periods of time
Reasons to avoid
-It's large and heavy

For those with back issues (or who want to avoid them) the Anda Seat T-Pro 2 is our top choice. It's actually a gaming chair, meaning it's designed for people to sit in for long hours in front of a screen. Sounds about right for a desk chair, too, and it delivers on both comfort and support. 

Superior quality
We know, the price tag is a bit offputting, but considering just how much time we've spent in this chair since it arrived it's worth every penny. Anda Seat has taken care to make sure every part of the chair is adjustable, from the back and height to the arm width and how forwards facing they are. This also comes in handy for tucking under desks in small spaces. 

Supportive
The Anda Seat T-Pro 2 comes with a removable headrest and lumbar cushion, both of which are firm and supportive. Tuck the lumbar cushion behind your back for some posture support and lean against it if your back is getting sore. It can be fully removed if you want a different type of cushion or no cushion at all. 

Suitable for most people
The chair can support users of up to 440lbs and the height is fully adjustable. Wider legs can be accommodated by moving the armrests in or out and up or down, and the height can be easily changed with the lever at the side. An expensive option, but supremely comfortable. 

Habitat Nori Fabric Office Chair

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3. Habitat Nori Fabric Office Chair

Shopping on a budget? This simple stylish office chair will be perfect

Specifications
Best for: Looks
Material: Fabric
Colour: Grey, pink
Dimensions: H81.5, W49, D54cm
Reasons to buy
+Great price +Simple stylish design +Quick delivery 
Reasons to avoid
-No arm support

Looking for a really affordable office chair? This Habitat Nori Fabric Office Chair would be perfect...

Good quality, great price
In case you haven't figured it out by now, desk chairs can get really expensive. A big plus of this Habitat desk chair is that it is only £90. Still great quality just way more budget-friendly.

Stylish shape
The best desk chairs can be a little... cumbersome and aren't the easiest on the eyes, but this one is a great combination of style and practicality. The seat comes in pink and grey, and we could see it working at a desk or dressing table. 

Comfortable seat  
Reviewers of this chair over on the Argos website all mention how lovely this seat looks and now easy it is to put together. 

Argos office chair

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4. Argos Home Princess Velvet Handleback Office Chair

Pick this velvet office chair to add a touch of luxury to your work space

Specifications
Best for: Luxurious style
Material: Metal, fabric
Colour: Grey
Dimensions: H97 x W66 x D66cm
Reasons to buy
+Super stylish +Really comfy 
Reasons to avoid
-Quite large

If you don't work from home regularly and are after something that looks fab and will be comfortable for an afternoon of emails, the Argos Home Princess Velvet Handleback Office Chair would be perfect...

Stylish design
We can't deny that the look of this office chair is what draws you in. Velvet? Grey? Slightly Mid-century vibe? Who can resist, really? But the design actually results in a comfy sit too: the scoop back supports the lower back and the upholstery is well padded. 

Adjustable height
As with most desk chairs that go for style over being super supportive, this model doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some of our other picks. However, it's super simple to adjust the height and it's a gas-lift mechanism, so expect none of that jerky, feeling like you are going to be catapulted out of your chair, movement. 

5. Ikea Markus Swivel Chair

If it's the best Ikea office chair you are after, look no further...

Specifications
Best for: Stability
Material: Polyethylene plastic, steel, epoxy/polyester powder coating, moulded eucalyptus plywood
Colour: Black
Dimensions: H129-140 x W62 x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+ Very good value + Safety casters 
Reasons to avoid
- A bit imposing 

If you’ve already blown most of your home office decorating budget on the best office desk, don’t let the price of our first few picks put you off because there is some wallet-friendly ergonomic action on offer at IKEA in the form of the Markus Swivel Chair...

Bargain price
This is by far the cheapest option in our round-up, but it's still a really high-quality office chair that comes with a superb 10-year guarantee too. All the reviewers on the Ikea website are happy, lumbar supported, bunnies.

Adjustable height and tilt
As you'd expect it's not quite as advanced as the more expensive, high-tech models, you will have to use a lever to adjust this Ikea desk chair. That being said, you are still fully in control of the tilt so you can find the perfect position for you.  

Breathable design 
The completely mesh back is ideal for allowing air to flow through the chair, keep your temperature regular and to stop things getting too sweaty (yum). 

Lumbar support
You have some added lower back support in the form of the built-in cushion, it's not adjustable but owners say it a big plus point in the design. 

Made.com office chair

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6. Made.com Higgs office chair

Style and substance combined in this very cool Made.com office chair

Specifications
Best for: Style
Material: Composite/ mixed fabric, Engineered wood
Colour: Blue or green
Dimensions: H92/102 x W57 x D66
Reasons to buy
+Stylish design +Comfy seat and arm rests for support
Reasons to avoid
-Not super adjustable

If you maybe don't spend all day, every day at your home office desk and are after an office chair that's a bit more aesthetically pleasing, the Higgs office chair from Made.com is beautiful.

On-trend design 
Just look at it. It really is a great looking chair. The classic shape, with those statement arms and deep blue velvet finish will give any home office a serious upgrade. 

Adjustable height 
In terms of adjusting this chair, the height is your lot. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of our previous picks but that's obviously reflected in the cheaper price.

Affordable 
Obviously, it's a lot more simplistic than our previous picks but for such a lovely, stylish piece we think this is really reasonable. 

7. Herman Miller New Aeron Office Chair

Best office chair (if you have the budget): it's not cheap but it has unbeatable ergonomics for back pain sufferers

Specifications
Best for: Ergonomics
Material: Plastic, aluminium, steel, foam, epoxy glass, pellicle fabric
Colour: Graphite
Dimensions: H110 x W66 x D67cm
Reasons to buy
+ Simply the best ergonomic chair + 12-year guarantee 
Reasons to avoid
- Most expensive by far 

Money no object? With adjustable arm height, seat height, recline, and seat tilt, there are more than 20 years of sitting science behind the Herman Miller New Aeron Office Chair, so it's hardly surprising it is our pick of the best ergonomic office chair. 

Breathable material 
As we previously mentioned, this is important. The New Aeron is made from 8Z Pellicle suspension material which allows air and body heat to pass through the chair, regulating the temperature, keeping you more comfortable throughout the day. 

Lumbar support 
Across the seat and back of the New Aeron, there are eight different 'zones' all varying in tension – tightest at the edges and less so where the body makes contact – to deliver the best lumbar and ergonomic support. The innovative PostureFit SL design also encourages the user to sit in the best way, chest open and pelvis tilted slightly forward, to prevent any injuries. 

Moves with you 
The Aeron chair’s tilt allows it to move with the user in a really natural way, shifting from forward to reclining seamlessly and comfortably. It's designed to keep you in contact with the back on the chair at all times whilst providing support for numerous positions. 

Three different sizes
As well as it being really customisable to how you sit, the desk chair itself comes in three different sizes too so provide even more of a perfect sit. There are three colour options too, a choice you don't often get with the more serious of desk chairs. 

How to buy the best office chair

Choosing the right desk chair for you probably depends mostly on how much time you actually spend sitting in it. If you spend the majority of your working day sat in a chair, getting one that is super supportive is definitely advised as frequently using a badly designed chair can cause bad posture and result in long term back problems. Not fun, work is painful enough already. 

Support?

When looking at different designs focus on back support first, as that is pretty crucial. Pick a chair that has lumbar support, this will take the stress off your lower back and encourage good posture too. Think about whether you want a desk chair with arms as well, these are better for your back and shoulders and again will prevent you from slouching. 

Adjustable?

If you are after maximum comfort,  have a look whether your future desk chair is adjustable and how adjustable it is. The majority of office chairs will have adjustable seats to you can tilt and set a different heights. Some will allow you to alter the arms and tension too. 

Fabric?

If you do plan on choosing a fabric desk chair, pick one that's got a breathable fabric, something that won't get too hot or uncomfortable if you are sat on it all day. 

Budget?

So, finally, budget. Well, it should come as no shock that well designed, ergonomic desk chairs can get expensive and we will say we think the best models are worth the money. Just think, you literally spend all day sitting in this chair, you want it to be the best of the best. However, we have included a variety of price points in our guide. 

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Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.